Bring your laptop and lots of questions!

What inspires someone to devote the time and energy to being a Providence WordCamp organizer? What insights can she offer?

Here’s a Q-and-A with Organizer and Co-Chair of Volunteers, Daniella Norwood.

  • What brings you back as one of the organizers this year?

Danni – WordCamp is a wonderful event with amazing people helping out to make it a wonderful success. It’s working with the co-organizers and volunteers that brought me back.

  • What is your favorite part of WordCamp?

Danni – My favorite part of WordCamp is meeting new people in the community.

  • How much does an attendee need to know about creating a website to get something out of WordCamp?

Danni- None.

  • Any advice for a first-time WordCamp attendee?

Danni- Bring your laptop and lots of questions.

  • What impressions do you come away with about the other speakers, volunteers, sponsors, and organizers?

Danni- They are awesome!

  • What do you do with WordPress?

Danni- My company builds purpose-driven websites and we help small to mid-size businesses with online marketing.

Danni Norwood is a developer and online marketer. She’s the owner of ellajdesigns.com  and also a member of the West Bay BNI.

twitter: ellajdesigns
danni@ellajdesigns.com

Daniella Norwood and Rachel Avery Conley are the Co-Chairs of Volunteers for Providence WordCamp 2014.

Contact them if you would like to volunteer for all or part of the weekend of September 26 and 27!

 

Are you interested in website security?

Chris Wiegman
Chris Wiegman

Providence WordCamp 2014 is excited that Developer Chris Wiegman is making the trip from Texas to Rhode Island to talk about WordPress website security.
Website security can seem like an overwhelming topic to many, but Chris is reassuring on that score.

  • What type of person should attend your session?

Chris – Anyone who is interested in improving the security of his or her WordPress site.

  • What previous knowledge, if any, should they have to attend your session?

Chris – They should know how to access their site via FTP/SSH and not be afraid to access files such as .htaccess and wp-config.php.

  • How much coding or web development will an attendee need to know to get something out of your talk?

Chris – Not much, I’ll provide everything they’ll need. They just can’t be afraid to access the files.

  • For WordCamp as a whole, what would you say to someone who says: “I’m afraid to go. I know nothing about websites and would be totally overwhelmed.”

Chris – I’ve taught people at WordCamps who can barely turn on their laptop. …you will learn a lot regardless of what your experience is.

  • On the flip side, what would you say to someone who says: “I know so much about websites and WordPress there’s nothing I could get out of WordCamp.”

Chris – Everyone can get something out of WordCamp. In many cases it is the networking that is the most valuable aspect, especially when the camp attracts a number of out-of-town speakers and attendees you might not otherwise get to meet. Personally, even with considerable dev (website development) experience, I learn something, and meet someone new, at every WordCamp I attend.

  • Why did you agree to speak at Providence WordCamp?

Chris – There are some pretty awesome people in that area and I would love to get to know more of them.

  • Any advice for a first-time WordCamp attendee?

Chris – Get involved and meet some people.

Chris Wiegman is a Web Developer for iThemes.com working on iThemes Security.

Learn more about Chris:
Blog – http://chriswiegman.com
Twitter – http://twitter.com/ChrisWiegman @ChrisWiegman
WordPress – http://profiles.wordpress.org/chriswiegman/
https://github.com/ChrisWiegman
http://ithemes.com

Chris received his B.S. and M.S at Southern Illinois University and is an Adjunct Professor in Computer Science at St. Edward’s University. He’s also co-organizer of the WordPress Austin Meetup and one of the organizers for WordCamp Austin.

 

Call for Volunteers

WordCamp Providence is looking for Volunteers during the afternoon of Friday September 26 and all-day Saturday September 27.

Please sign up on the form below if you’d like to be part of the greatest WordPress event in the Ocean State!  The two main characteristics of WordCamp volunteers are being friendly and reliable.

How You Can Help:

Audio / Video — Operate the video cameras stationed in every session room.  Bonus points if you’d like to bring along your own equipment to help record sessions.

Emcees — Keep things running on time. Always keep your eye on the clock and remind speakers when it’s time to begin and wrap up.

Food & Beverage — Everything from serving food and beverages to making grocery store runs as needed. You’ll help keep everyone well fed and happy.

Registration — Check in attendees at the door and hand out name tags and swag. This might be for you if you enjoy checking off lists and saying hello 100+ times before 9am.

Room Runners — Handle anything unexpected to keep things running smoothly.

Happiness Bar —  Are you a WordPress expert?  Donate some time at the Happiness Bar (aka Help Desk).  Attendees will bring their questions and laptops to the Gurus on duty.

Wherever there’s a need — Helping out with random unspecified things here and there, etc.

Other — Do you have a creative notion to contribute in some specific way we haven’t thought of? Great! Let us know.

Thank you in advance for making WordCamp Providence a success!

By the way, all are invited to be part of the WordPress Providence MeetUp.  We get together to learn and share all things related to WordPress websites.    Click here to learn more.

Call for Sponsors

Become a Sponsor
Thank you for contributing to Providence WordCamp 2014! Sponsors like you help us keep ticket prices low so that anyone can attend and help us toward our goal of democratizing the web.
Please sign up below and one of our organizers will get in touch with you immediately with details.


Anchor / FEATURED SPONSOR :: $1,000

Digital Mentions

Full Page on Website
Credit in Emails

At the Event

Logo on banner visible by all attendees
Vendor Table
Hang Your Banner
Mention at Opening Remarks
10 Complimentary tickets

Bouy :: $500

Digital Mentions

Blurb on Website
Credit in Emails

At the Event

Logo on banner visible by all attendees
Mention at event
Hang Your Banner
5 Complimentary tickets

Compass :: $100

Digital Mentions

Logo and Link on Website
Credit in Emails

At the Event
3 Complimentary tickets

Welcome to WordCamp Providence

We’re happy to announce that WordCamp Providence is officially on the calendar!

WordCamp Providence will be September 26th and 27th at URI’s Feinstein Providence Campus, 80 Washington Street, Providence, RI.

We’ll be keeping you posted on all the details over the coming months, including speaker submissions, ticket sales and more!

September 26th & 27th, 2014